Sesquicentennial Celebrations This Weekend!
The 150th birthday celebration for the City of San Leandro continues in a big way this month! The Sesquicentennial Committee members have been working hard to plan fun for the community. Below is a lineup of events and activities to enjoy during June. See if you can figure out some of the “Fun Tips” while you participate on June 4th!
Cherry Parade at 10 a.m.
Come downtown to enjoy the tradition of our Cherry Parade. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the BART parking lot and marches East on Parrott Street, turning left onto East 14th Street. The judging stand will be on E. 14th Street at the Plaza, across from Wells Fargo Bank. This year is one of our largest parades in history! There will be floats, marchers, schools, businesses, and more. A special shout-out to former Council Member Bob Glaze who will serve as our official Parade Announcer.
New this year, and part of the 150th celebration, will be the inclusion of San Leandro’s first-ever PRIDE in the San Leandro section of the parade to celebrate the LGBTQ community. June is Pride Month and the Library has several activities planned to celebrate. The parade will be live-streamed and video will be taken so wear your biggest smile and make sure to wave a commemorative 150th Birthday flag during the parade (they’ll be handed out by our Youth Commissioners)
San Leandro History Museum Activities and Exhibits
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open – Crafts and activities 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
You also don’t want to miss learning about San Leandro’s history, industries, products, and community members. The Museum will be open in the afternoon and will host a variety of activities for children and adults alike. New on Saturday is a Redlining Exhibit, which will complement the larger Redlining Exhibit that will be launched at the Main Library later in June. Come explore!
Join the San Leandro Historical Society and the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce at “The Gathering” – a fantastic food, entertainment, and music event near Casa Peralta. There will be cherries for sale, and the Sesquicentennial Committee will have a booth, so stop by and say Happy Birthday, San Leandro!
The Gathering event features:
- Two stages with live entertainment
- Booths for non-profits, ethnic & cultural art, and food
- Free activities
- San Leandro History Museum exhibits and activities
- Free bike valet sponsored by Vic’s Bikes
- Fresh cherries for sale
Exhibit by Photographer Brody Scotland
San Leandro resident and photographer Brody Scotland has created an exhibit of signs from San Leandro’s past and present. The exhibit, entitled Here is a Sign, is a collection of 28 photographs that capture still-existing signs from mid-20th century San Leandro. The exhibit is a collection of 28 photographs that capture still-existing signs from mid-20th century San Leandro. Make sure you drop in and visit (Little Brown Church on Casa Peralta grounds, 11AM – 5PM).
Bistro at the Casa
The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their beloved beer, wine, and sangria booths, Bistro at the Casa, and food trucks provided by Food Truck Mafia. Vendors include Rosie’s Mexican Food Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, Chef Hits the Streets, Treats by the Bay, Golden Gate Gyro, and local brews from 21st Amendment and Drake’s Barrel House. Sangria is sponsored by STS Onsite, Colliers International, and The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay. The beer, wine, and sangria booths will be located in the backyard of Casa Peralta and can be entered off of Clarke St. right across from the main stage.